Belfast’s Botanic Inn, King’s Head and Madison’s has been sold to separate buyers for more than £5m.

Three Belfast pubs which previously traded as part of Botanic Inns will be sold to separate buyers in deals worth more than £5m.

Popular student and sports pub the Botanic Inn on south Belfast’s Malone Road is to be sold to the Mooney Hotel Group – owners of the neighbouring Wellington Park Hotel – for £2.5m, while the King’s Head on the Lisburn Road has been snapped up by Wine Inns for £2.2m, the Belfast Telegraph revealed.

The Botanic Inn

And it’s understood property developer Shamus Jennings is to pay £1.75m for Madison’s Hotel on Botanic Avenue.

The prospective new owners could not be reached for comment.

Madison's Hotel

Botanic Inns had been a leading pub and hotel operator in Northern Ireland with up to 16 properties until struggles over high rents and spiralling debts to Ulster Bank led to the group’s failure and entry into administration in 2013.

Mooney Hotel Group’s purchase of the venue known as ‘the Bot’ returns it to the family’s ownership after around 20 years.

Competitive bidding had taken place over all three properties – and Alan Reid, owner of high-end Belfast restaurant Shu, also on the Lisburn Road, confirmed that he had made a failed bid for the King’s Head.

The King's Head

It’s understood contracts for the three transactions have been exchanged but the deals are not due to be completed until the beginning of next month.

One pub trade insider, who did not wish to be named, said all three price tags were in line with market expectations. And he said it was a positive development that the pubs would remain in local hands.

He added: “It’s great that all three pubs have gone to local operators rather than to operators from Dublin or Great Britain.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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